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1743]                   To Horace Mann                    387
yesterday, and soon after another with. Mr. Chute's inclosed, for which I will thank him presently. But, my dear child, I can, like you, think of nothing but your bitter father's letter. Jesus ! and that I should have contributed to it! how I detest myself1! My dearest Sir, you know all I ever said to him2: indeed, I never do see him, and I assure you that now I would worship him as the Indians do the devil, for fear he should hurt you: tempt you I find he will not. He is so avaricious, that I believe, if you asked him for a fish, he would think it even extravagance to give you a stone: in these bad times, stones may come to be dear, and if he loses his place and his lawsuit, who knows but he may be reduced to turn pavior ? Oh ! the brute! and how shocking, that, for your sake, one can't literally wish to see him want bread! But how can you feel the least tenderness, when the wretch talks of his bad health, and of not denying himself comforts ! It is weakness in you: whose health is worse, yours or his ? or when did he ever deny himself a comfort to please any mortal ? My dear child, what is it possible to do for you? is there anything in my power ? What would I not do for you ? and, indeed, what ought I not, if I have done you any disservice ? I don't think there is any danger of your father's losing his place, for whoever succeeds Mr. Pelham is likely to be a friend to this house, and would not turn out one so connected with its.
I should be very glad to show my Lord an account of those statues you mention: they are much wanted in his hall, where, except the Laocoon, he has nothing but busts.
LETTER 183.—* Sir Horace Mann,      believes  he  may  charge  it to   me.'
in a letter to Walpole, dated Sept.     Dover.
24,  1743, gives an account of Ms        2 See  letter  to   Mann,  June 4,
father's  refusal  to  give him any     1743.
money; and then quotes the follow-        s Mr. Eobert Mann, father ot Sir
ing passage from his father's letter:—     Horace Mann, had a place in Chelsea
1 He tells me he has been baited ~by     CoUege, under the Paymaster of the
you and your uncle on my account,      Forces.    Walpole. •which   was   very   disagreeable,   and
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